National Credential
Credential: Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III
Credentialing Agency: Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III is a mid-career level biological wastewater treatment operator certification. Candidates for Class III must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, 900 contact hours of post-high school education, and 4 years of relevant work experience including 2 years of direct responsible charge. Individuals who do not meet the requirements may still be eligible based on experience and other criteria. Candidates must also pass an examination, demonstrating knowledge of core competencies for biological industrial waste operators.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92L Petroleum Laboratory Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92W Water Treatment Specialist MOS some          
Warrant Officer 923A Petroleum Technician WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)
2805 SW Snyder Blvd, Suite 535
Ankeny, IA  50023
Phone: (515) 232-3623
Fax: (515) 965-6827
Email: abc@abccert.org

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III

ABC requires that applicants for class III certifications hold a High School Diploma or its equivalent, plus 900 contact hours of post high school education; on a case-by-case basis the agency will consider an applicant that does not meet this requirement.

ABC requires that class III applicants have 4 years of acceptable experience including 2 years of direct responsible charge experience.

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III

  • Biological Treatment Processes (45%)
    • Monitor Treatment Processes (check process, record data)
    • Evaluate Treatment Processes (review data, make decision)
    • Adjust Treatment Process (make correction)
    • Chemical Addition
  • Laboratory Analysis (9%)
    • Collect Samples
    • Perform Laboratory Analysis
    • Interpret Analysis
  • Operate Support Equipment (13%)
    • To include knowledge of the following support equipment: blowers and compressors, chemical feeders, computers, drives, electronic testing equipment (e.g., volt meters), flow measurement devices, generators, hand tools, instrumentation, measuring and control systems, motors, pneumatic equipment, power tools, pumps, and valves
  • Evaluate and Maintain Support Equipment (15%)
    • To include knowledge of the following: Check speed of equipment, inspect equipment for abnormal conditions, measure head loss, measure temperature of equipment, read charts, read meters, and read pressure gauges
    • Perform diagnostic and preventive maintenance on:blowers and compressors, chemical feeders, drives, instrumentation, motors, pumps and valves
    • Perform corrective maintenance on: chemical feeders, drives, instrumentation, motors, pumps, and valves
  • Administrative Duties (8%)
    • Perform Administrative Duties
    • Establish recordkeeping system and record information
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness (10%)
    • Establish safety programs and perform safety procedures for: blood borne pathogens, chemical hazard communication, confined space entry, electrical grounding, fire, first aid, infectious diseases, lifting, lock-out/tag-out, personal hygiene, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, slips, trips, and falls
    • Establish emergency plans and respond to emergencies for: civil disorder, facility upset, hazardous waste, natural disasters, power disruption, spill response

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Biological Industrial Waste Operator – Class III certification is valid for two years. Certification holders must complete 24 hours of continuing education approved by ABC. For more information, see the ABC Renewal page.

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III

Additional considerations for the Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III include:

  • The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) provides reciprocity information for its certifications among the state certifying agencies of 40 states and a number of foreign countries. For details, visit the ABC Certification Contacts page to find the agency that lists organizations within the individual states, provinces, or governing authorities. If referred to ABC for reciprocity by the state that the applicant intends to work in, he or she can contact ABC for application information. Applicants may still have to meet additional requirements in order to receive a license valid for employment in the state.